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  • Forum Thread: Robins

    I know that when robins raise their tail it is a territorial warning. We have 2 robins nesting in ivy just to the left of our lounge window,which are flying in and out from a nearby tree. They often sit in a tall bush or garden trellis within 2 yards of the lounge window looking at me as I stand there...
  • Forum Thread: Two More Guildhall Robin Clips

    Two clips of GHR, filmed early afternoon today. Very cold and a bitter wind. I decided to start filming before I arrived at his location so that I could capture the moment when he spotted me. As you will see, it didn't take him long to spot me and he was across in a flash! He seemed to be disturbed...
  • Forum Thread: More From Guildhall Robin (Photos & Video)

    GHR ambushed me today as I was walking along the path near the Police Station. He appeared out of the bushes near the river, dirt on beak and then perched on the fence waiting for his mealies. Luckily for both of us I had them ready. I gave him a couple and then walked another thirty yards or so to the...
  • Forum Thread: A Few Minutes With Guildhall Robin

    I visited GHR after work and he appeared immediately. I took out my camera, hoping to film him coming to my hand for mealies, but he had other ideas... Naturally enough, an impatient GHR decided to head straight for my bag! Looking around for mealies... "OK, where are they...?"...
  • Forum Thread: Nuthatch & friends

    Nice day on the whole so took a few pics around the stumpery area with the Canon 5D :) First up is Nutty ..... there are probably two different Nuthatches in the following pics as the pair were constantly visiting for the live mealworms..... a rather friendly male Blackbird who came...
  • Forum Thread: Robinwatch

    I paid a visit to the MHPR's today and spent 90 wonderful minutes with them. MHPR II was the first to spot me and started ditting. Moments later, MHPR saw me and flew straight at me, even though I had no mealies in my hand. She flapped about and returned to the large horizontal log that seems to...
  • Forum Thread: Friday Lunchtime With Guildhall Robin

    Before the main course, here's a little aperitif. When I arrived at the Guildhall yesterday, GHR was nowhere to be seen. I waited for ten minutes or so but still he didn't appear. I put the camera away and started to head for work. As I walked around the corner at the far end of GHR's territory...
  • Forum Thread: GR & Mrs BR (Video)

    GR is the one that flies towards the camera near the start of the clip. Mrs BR seems to be chasing him!
  • Forum Thread: Guildhall Robin Returns

    GHR hasn't exactly been away, but I have only seen him once since Christmas and he was nowhere to be seen either Monday or yesterday. When I arrived at the Guildhall today, he was absent once more, but after waiting patiently for him to appear, he finally showed up. He first landed on the wooden...
  • Blog Post: A few more Winter sightings.

    2nd December Little Egrets seen flying along the saltmarsh. 4 seen at Saltmarsh Pool at 11am. Barnacles by Saltmarsh Pool. Dave had counted 540 on the saltmarsh early morning. Cheviots brought down from Haweswater Reserve for winter lowland grazing. Lapwings gathering...
  • Forum Thread: Morden Hall Park Robins (The Story Continues...)

    I spent some time with the MHPR's today. When I first arrived MHPR II was at the left hand end of the logpile and was up in the tree singing loudly. I managed one photo and then he flew straight down to where I was standing and started to 'dit' very loudly. As MHPR had now hopped across and...
  • Forum Thread: Have We Been Fighting?

    Yesterday I had a visitor in the shape of this Robin. It was twarbling non-stop, whether on the ground, in a tree or in the chalet. Initially I named it TR for Twarbling Robin. However, upon closer inspection, I believe it to be GR (Garden Robin), who disappeared mid-late December following the arrival...
  • Blog Post: Brimstone and fiery red-breasts: recent sightings

    Well, where to start, there are all sorts of exciting things happening on the reserve at the moment. The beautiful weather has enticed so many people out into the fresh winter wind, and the wildlife hasn’t disappointed either. Perhaps the biggest excitement of the week was the brimstone butterfly...
  • Forum Thread: A Brief Visit With The MHPR's

    Once the rain had stopped and the skies had cleared, I made the brief journey to Morden Hall Park. It wasn't long before MHPR appeared and the other Robin soon hopped out from nearby. I was halfway through opening the pot of mealies for them when they suddenly flew at one another and in an angry...
  • Forum Thread: More From Morden Hall Park Robin (& Friend)

    I'm currently off work with a bout of bronchitis that I can't shake off. On my way home from the medical centre yesterday, I dropped in on MHPR before continuing to the pharmacy for more antibiotics. I've been confined to the house, so it was my last chance for a few days to see my new friend...
  • Blog Post: Good start to 2015 and a Happy New Year to All.

    2nd January, 2015 Shelduck flying along a turbulent estuary against a backcloth of snowy Scottish hills. 4th January, Dawned bright and sunny - no wind and much warmer than of late. Before the tide came in there were a good number of Oystercatchers and small grey waders out on the mudflats...
  • Blog Post: New year, new things!

    We're slowly getting back into gear at Rye Meads after the Christmas break, and despite a weekend where the weather spent one entire day pouring with rain on us, and one day where the entire reserve was shrouded in freezing fog (!) we managed to gather a reasonable list of sightings together, including...
  • Forum Thread: Morden Hall Park Robin(s)

    I went to Morden Hall Park this morning and the main reason for the visit was my new Robin friend. Here are some photos and videos of our time together. This isn't MHPR. but the other Robin that appears to be his/her mate. I actually think MHPR is a female and that this Robin is the male. Time...
  • Forum Thread: Morden Hall Park Robin On A Frosty Morning

    MHPR seems to have paired up already. Here's a photo of them foraging together. A short video clip of breakfast in the frost
  • Forum Thread: Thank you Uncle Paul :)

    There were two very happy Robins in our garden today who got a present from Uncle Paul !!! These are photos of back garden robin .....
  • Forum Thread: Feed The Birds...

    I joined Hazel and Mike for an early morning walk through part of Kensington Gardens. I had seen the Robin photos and wanted to see them in person. However, I ended up feeding more than just Robins... A friendly Coot to start things off Then a GT BT Frisky Feral ...and friend...
  • Forum Thread: Interesting Robin Behaviour (Video)

    Interesting behaviour from this pair (Mrs BR and whichever male this is, not GR). There are spiders over in that corner, but maybe Mrs BR is looking for a nest site, even though it's rather too early. Hopefully that is not the case.
  • Forum Thread: An Early Christmas Present (or Five)

    I rarely, if ever, get to see all my Robins on the same day. That is particularly true at this time of year due to my shift patterns at work. However, today was a special day in that I saw five of my regulars and fed the three non-garden ones. I had some food shopping to do, so I decided to go to Kingston...
  • Blog Post: When the red red robin comes bob bob bobbin along...

    As it's almost Christmas , I thought it was about time that the bird most associated with the festive season was the focus of my 50th anniversary blog . With their cheeky and inquisitive nature, it's not surprising that they are our national bird. I'm talking of course, about the charismatic...
  • Forum Thread: 'One Claw McGraw'

    So named because he only has the rear claw on his left foot, the three front claws are missing. It doesn't seem to hamper him too much as he raised a brood in the Summer and seems healthy enough now. He's reasonably comfortable with my presence and I can get to within a foot before he scuttles...